YWCA Greater Cleveland

ELC Staff & Curriculum

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The Early Learning Center has a staff dedicated to the age-appropriate learning and nurturing care of your child.



Melanie Bruss
Kathy Morissey
Tommie Williams 
Laina Cohen-Powers
Carly Goins
Nerissa Garman
Jasmine Arnold


Jakalyn Thomas


Center Co-Administrators

Cythia Harrigan
Toni McCord 


Family Engagement Advocate

Latisha Gomez



Prince Sayles
Leshondrey Threatt



Frontline Service

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant - Samantha Scheutzow




The Early Learning Center has a whole-child approach to teaching preschoolers, accounting for their mind, body and soul. We celebrate the diversity of children and encourage them to learn about and respect differences.

Preparing children for kindergarten comes naturally in our classrooms. YWCA preschool teachers help children internalize routines and rules to help them get along with others. Teachers also help children understand that there are many different ways to learn and be successful. We want each child to find their own success and build their self-esteem through that particular kind of success.


Pre-K prepares children to enter kindergarten by teaching self-help skills, developing their attention spans and fostering learning independence. Children develop a love of learning while they become accustomed to working independently, participating in group activities and completing interest-based projects. Teachers help children understand the daily routines of a structured classroom while still focusing on child-center, creative learning.

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Toni McCord
ELC Director

Cynthia Harrigan
ELC Administrator


“It’s easier to go back to work when you feel good about the care that your child is receiving.”
- ELC parent


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